I mentioned in a blog article yesterday that we waste a lot of money on things that have no lasting value. As source material, I referenced an article at Intellectual Takeout. I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight some of its findings.
1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).
2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).
3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).
4. While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).
5. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more than five times the number of Starbucks. Currently, there is 7.3 square feet of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation. Thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand—all at the same time—under the total canopy of self storage roofing (SSA).
There's more at the link.
Miss D. and I certainly qualify for #4 above - and that's my fault, not hers. I tend to accumulate clutter, even though I really do believe most of it is genuinely useful clutter. I've promised her to get rid of as much of it as possible, as soon as the Texas summer heat passes and it's possible to work in the garage again without taking a sauna at the same time. It's going to feel like pulling my own teeth . . . but she's right. It's necessary.
"Lean and mean" isn't necessarily always good, but on the whole, I suspect it's a lot healthier, in every way, than "fat and bloated" - both in terms of our bodies, and in terms of our possessions.